Yet by the Goodness of God, We Are So Far from Want

Quote of the Day for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2010:

Mayflower Pilgrim  Edward Winslow, from A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England (aka Mourt’s Relation), published in England by George Morton (aka Mourt) in 1622:

[O]ur governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week,  at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain, and others.  And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty. We have found the Indians very faithful in their covenant of peace with us; very loving and ready to pleasure us: we often go to them, and they come to us.

The transcription into modern English spelling belongs to Caleb Johnson.

Today, let us happily give thanks- especially those of us, by the goodness of God, so far from want.

  • Michael Hearne

    Hello All,
    I was searching for a prayer to say on this thanksgiving day, and ended up reading about our origins here in America.
    While searching, this particular quote caught my eye “yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.” Written by Edward Winslow.